"All good things come to an end yaar"
This was the immediate response from Ankita when I told her that yesterday was the last swimming session.
Yeah, I remember how my first class was - A successful disaster. Trying to stand in the pool, walk and jog in the pool to keep myself warm. I felt the toughest part was to breathe out while inside water.
Every little action of swimming from my coach was welcomed by cheers and claps from us students who were still managing to float around in the water. How we were excited when we managed to float. Wow, that was quite an achievement.
Well, here is an update. I did not at once leave the wall of the pool and venture further. Coach always coaxed me to leave the wall and always said "Its all in your mind". After 5 classes, everyone started with free-style and I was still safe near the wall, I thought I must quit. My coach told on the first day that 99.9% of the folks who join the class learn to swim at the end of the sessions. I thought I might fall under the 0.1% category. I thought it was not for me.
But when I went for the next class, I let go of my fear and then my first success - learnt to float!!!.
After that, there was no looking back - free-style, back stroke, butterfly and breast stroke, mushroom, dogie paddle, deep water swimming, diving, dolphin style, flipping back and forth as one swims...
I cant believe I learnt all this. Though I am not an expert, I can manage. I can now do these stuff, though not elegantly. This was an amazing experience. The sense of joy when I managed to swim breadth wise, and the unbelievable awe when I could manage to swim lengthwise...Wooo hooo... We even had relay races which we won!
The sense of achievement you get when you learn something new sure gives a high. The euphoria surrounded by it is unexplainable. For someone like me when the biggest water body that I have ever got into was an average size bath-tub, this was something to celebrate. A friend of mine was pleasantly surprised and gave a thumbs up when she saw me swimming well after the class hours; for someone who was scared of water.
More importantly, I got to meet new people. The crowd was so friendly and awesome; each one trying to encourage the other and cheering and clapping when someone managed to swim a lap. Got acquainted with nice people.
Now that its over, I am sad. But all good things do come to an end. What next? Maybe salsa or foreign language course...He he he